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Simple Blinds: Tie Blind and Reversible Blind

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Simple Blinds

Simple blinds are well suited for covering windows in rooms where privacy is needed, such as bathrooms.

These basic blinds are easy to assemble, and they lend themselves to various decorative style options.

The tie blind is comprised of unlined fabric held up by strips of fabric or ribbon, and is attached to a heading board with velcro.

The double-sided hooked blind is more versatile than the tie-blind.

It is suspended from a piece of dwelling supported between hooks attached above the window frame, and can be lowered, drawn halfway, reversed, and removed easily from the window.

Attaching a Heading Board

Upon deciding the position for the blind, look at the window surrounding and choose where to fix the heading board.

If the blind is to be fitted inside the recess, fix the board to the top face of the recess with screws, as shown in the picture below.

If the blind is to be fitted to the outside of a window surrounding, fix a board using angle brackets, as for the curtain pelmet.

The heading board shown here is also used for hanging Roman or ruched blinds. The blind cords are threaded through the eyes and screwed into the underside of the board.


Tie Blind

To make this simple blind, you will need fabric for the blind, ribbon, velcro strips, and the basic sewing kit. Alternatively, you can make up ties from the fabric offcuts.

Measure up the width and drop required, allowing for a 5 cm overlap at all edges, if the blind is to hang outside the recess.

Add 6 cm to the width and drop measurements for turnings. Fix the heading board in position.

1. Sewing Hem Cut out the fabric. Sew a 1.5 cm double hem to the wrong side on the sides and lower edge. Make four fabric ties to the width required, 5 cm longer than the blind.


2. Marking Fabric Lay out the fabric on a flat surface. Measure and mark a quarter of the blind width from both corners on the top edge.


3. Positioning Ties Pin, tack, and sew the four ties to the top edge of the fabric on both sides, aligning them with the quarter marks.

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4. Attaching Velcro Cut the velcro strip that has tiny and smooth loops to the width of the blind. Turn 3 cm of the blind fabric to the wrong side along the top edge and press. Pin, tack, and sew the velcro strip to this turned edge of the fabric.


5. Stapling Velcro Strip Staple the other velcro strip to the heading board. Hold the blind up to the board, align the velcro strips, and push the blind into place. To tie up the blind, gather the fabric loosely, and knot the ties at the required height.


The Finished Blind


Reversible Blind

This blind is most effective when lined with a piece of complementary fabric since the back of the blind is visible when the blind is folded up.

Here, the back of the blind is bordered with the main fabric. To make this blind, you will need the main fabric, lining fabric, braid edging, and the basic sewing kit.

For securing the hanging system to the window frame, use two lengths of 12 mm dwelling for the top and bottom edges of the blind, a panel saw, two cup hooks and a bradawl.

For securing the hanging system to the wall, use a drill, drill bits and wall plugs. Measure up the roman blind, allowing space within a recess for the dowelling to protrude 2 cm at each end of the blind width, top and bottom.

If hanging the blind outside the recess, allow a 5 cm overlap at each side to exclude the light.

1. Cutting Out Fabric Cut out the main fabric to the required measurements, adding a border allowance here to about 7.5 cm all around. Cut out the lining fabric to the exact size of the finished blind.


2. Turning Edges Lay out the main fabric wrong side up. Fold a 1.5 cm turning to the wrong side on all edges, and press.


3. Folding Again Turn the folded edges of the fabric by 5 cm to the wrong side. Fold and press a mitre in each corner.


4. Mitring Corner Unfold the 5 cm turnings. Lay the lining fabric and the main fabric wrong sides together. Align the raw edge of the lining within the creases of the turnings of the main fabric. Refold the 5 cm turnings and the mitred corners and finally pin in place.


5. Stitching Edges Tack and slipstitch close to the inner folded edge to form the border. Leave the inside edges of the mitred corners at the top and bottom unsewn to form a sleeve for inserting the pieces of dowelling.


6. Attaching Braid For the braid edging, measure and cut a length of braid to the same length as the inner edge of the border. Slipstitch the braid in place along this edge.


7. Inserting Dowelling Measure width at the top and bottom edges of the blind. Cut two lengths of dwelling to these dimensions, plus 4 cm. Insert dwelling into top and bottom sleeves.


8. Fixing Cup Hook Add 1 cm to the blind width dimension, and mark this on the wall or window frame for the hook fixing positions. Bradawl pilot holes in a wooden frame, then screw the cup hooks into position. On a wall, mark, bradawl, drill and use wall plugs to secure the hooks. Hang the dwelling between the hooks.


The Finished Blind at Full Length


The Finished Blind When Folded Up


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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